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Criticism is a fact of life and leadership.
Thom Rainer said, “If you are not being criticized, you are not leading.”
While some leaders enjoy criticism, most do not. There is also the question of, should you listen to your critics? I mean, if they are against you, can they show you anything?
The to those questions is, maybe and yes.
The reality is, you can’t not listen to your critics because you hear them. You can’t drown out their voices because they exist.
While there are many questions, you should ask of your critics to discern if you should listen to them. Here are three questions I’ve found helpful:
1. What does this person stand to lose if my vision gets fulfilled? The reason criticism happens is you are proposing a change. That’s what leadership, vision, and direction do. They change things. They push the status quo. When you have a goal or dream, you are saying something needs to be different.
It’s interesting in the book of Nehemiah, that as he is rebuilding the wall, his most prominent critics stand to lose the most. For your critics, it could be financial, influence, a change in a relationship, but as a leader, when you experience criticism, you must figure out what that person is losing or stands to lose. Almost always, not always, but almost always they stand to lose something, so they are criticizing to keep things as they are.